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Athletes of the Month April 2011

Each month, US SAILING nominates athletes to the U.S. Olympic Committee's "Athlete of the Month" program. Nominations are based on performance/competition during the designated month. Vote online for your favorite athlete.

Team BarkowAthlete of the Month – Team: Team Barkow

Olympian Sally Barkow is having a fantastic 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup season, in the ultra-competitive “winner-takes-all” women’s match racing event. With teammates Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham she won back-to-back gold and silver medals at April’s two World Cup events. Earlier this month at the Princess Sofia Trophy, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Team Barkow defeated Finland’s Silja Lehtinen and team, 3-1 in the final match to win gold. Two weeks later, Team Barkow was narrowly defeated by Lucy MacGregor (GBR) and team in the final match at French Olympic Sailing Week, taking the silver. Team Barkow leads the top of the World Cup standings with three events remaining.

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Right: Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham and Alana O’Reilly in Hyeres.

Athlete of the Month – Male: Zach Railey
 Zach Railey_Final SOF2011

2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey won a silver medal at French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series. After five days of racing, Railey went into the final “medal race” where points are doubled and emerged with a solid lock on second place overall behind eventual winner Ben Ainslie (GBR). This was Railey’s first podium since 2009. “Sometimes you have to sacrifice winning every event to make long-term progress,” he said, crediting his 2010-11 focus on training, which included residence at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  With three World Cup events remaining this season, Railey is #3 in the overall standings.

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Photo: Zach Railey (on left) moments after winning a silver medal in Hyeres.